Michael Schumacher has said that he believes Sebastian Vettel can match and beat his record of seven Formula 1 world titles. The 44-year-old won two titles for Benetton in 1994 and 1995 before dominating the early 2000′s with Ferrari, taking five consecutive titles between 2000 and 2o04.
Schumacher won his fourth world title in 2001 at the age of 32. Meanwhile 26-year-old Vettel could clinch his fourth title this season and currently has a commanding 46 point lead over rival Fernando Alonso.
Schumacher – who retired from F1 for the second time at the end of last year – told Belgian television channel Vier: “He has the best package, and championships are usually won by the best. Records are there to be beaten. They motivated me when I was racing, and in the end I achieved it.”
He added: “Believe me, if Sebastian was able to surpass what I did, I would be happy for him. In a short time he has won three titles, so why couldn’t he win seven?”
However Vettel doesn’t feel the same way, saying comparisons between himself and Schumacher are “ridiculous”.
The German told Spanish sports daily Marca: “I have three titles, which is nothing compared to seven.”
He continued, saying: “Beating his record is not something that can happen in the next couple of years, so I don’t even think about it,” the Red Bull driver added. ”I have had some very good years but it could change suddenly.”
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